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buck fever

nervous excitement of an inexperienced hunter upon the approach of game.
any nervous excitement preceding a new experience.
Origin of buck fever
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • buck fever means a state of intense nervous excitement which may be entirely divorced from timidity.

    Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt
  • Any beginner is apt to have "buck fever," and therefore no beginner should go at dangerous game.

    Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt
  • And what few running shots offered, he missed, mainly because of buck fever.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
  • "I'll bet you'll get buck fever the first time you come across it," chuckled the Head Chief.

    Two Little Savages Ernest Thompson Seton
  • The youngster's stance was perfect, but so was his buck fever.

    Double Challenge James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • I am not subject to buck fever, and was disgusted to find myself so badly "rattled" that I could scarcely handle the rifle.

    Woodcraft and Camping George Washington Sears (Nessmuk)
  • Cool fellow enough on ordinary occasions, he now had a violent attack of what is called the "buck fever."

    The Young Surveyor; J. T. Trowbridge
  • To say that Curlie was suddenly stricken with buck fever, would be putting it mildly.

    On the Yukon Trail Roy J. Snell
  • "Shook with the buck fever," admitted the boyish sergeant, with a laugh.

    Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants H. Irving Hancock
  • I suppose I hardly need tell you that Tom was suffering from that peculiar nervousness known as buck fever.

    The Campers Out Edward S. Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for buck fever

buck fever

nervous excitement felt by inexperienced hunters at the approach of game
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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